URI Graduate School of Oceanography to Host Scientific Symposium

Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642

Narragansett, R.I. — November 6, 2003 — The URI Graduate School of Oceanography will host a scientific meeting on the topic of “Novel Ocean Instrumentation Platform Concepts and Applications” on Tuesday, November 18 at the Bay Campus in Narragansett. Ten speakers from across the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom will discuss innovative approaches to sampling a wide range of oceanographic parameters.

The talks will focus on the vehicles on which sensors are mounted rather than the sensors themselves. Some of the novel platforms to be featured include unmanned aircraft, autonomous drifters, and marine mammals. The program will begin with an introduction by David Farmer, Dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Invited speakers include Richard Blidberg, Director, Autonomous Underwater Systems Institute, Lee, NH; Gwyn Griffiths, Director, Underwater Systems Laboratory within the Ocean Engineering Division and Professor, School of Engineering Sciences, Southampton Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, United Kingdom; Clayton Jones, Webb Research Inc., East Falmouth, MA; Daniel Costa, professor of evolutionary and ecological biology, University of California at Santa Cruz; James Bishop, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley; Daniel Fornari, Senior Scientist, Geology and Geophysics, Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA; Steven Ramp, research professor of oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; John Madden, Shaw Internet Access, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Tom Rossby, professor of physical oceanography, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI; and Dwight Coleman, senior scientist, Institute for Exploration, Mystic, CT.

The talks are intended for a scientific audience, are highly technical, and not suitable for the general public. The greater scientific community is welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Jeff Callahan, Director of Facilities, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, at 874-6110.